Sprains and strings can be painful, annoying and stop you from performing everyday activities that you enjoy. Mild strains and sprains happen to almost everyone, but treating them accurately by seeking medical advice immediately can be important to recovery. The medical professionals at A+ Urgent Care can help children and adults who are looking for immediate advice for various injuries. 

What is the difference between a sprain and strain?

A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament while a strain is a stretched or torn muscle or tendon. This can affect an injured joint such as an ankle joint or other soft tissues. 

Sprains and strains may be caused by repetitive activities or by a single event. When an ankle sprain occurs it can be very painful and limits the range of motion. Common sprains include the ankle and wrist. Common strains include the back and hamstring. An X-ray can differentiate between the two. Mild sprains and strains are common, and medical care is not always needed. However, getting your muscle strain or sprain injury checked out could relieve your symptoms sooner and get you back on your feet faster. 

Sprains and Strains Diagnosis

The diagnosis of a sprain or strain usually can be made after the healthcare professional takes a history of the injury and performs a physical examination. Depending upon the situation, X-rays, CAT scan or an MRI may be needed to help make or confirm the diagnosis, especially if it is a knee, wrist or ankle sprain or strain. 

Treatment for Sprains & Strains

RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) is the key to treatment for the injured area. 

Most sprains and strains resolve with time, but occasionally other treatment, such as physical therapy and surgery, may be required. Anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce pain and inflammation in the affected area.

Why Choose Urgent Care for Sprains and Strains?

Sprains and strains treatment in adults and children is often necessary to help treat your symptoms and help you find relief. Left untreated, sometimes these injuries can escalate and become long-term problems. 

However, choosing to go to an urgent care center for sprains and strains can often be a positive choice for your injury, as most people experience minor, treatable symptoms. Seeking help at one of our urgent care facilities can help you start feeling better, sooner and relieve pain when dealing with an injured ankle or hamstring muscle.

An urgent care facility can also assure that treatable symptoms do not become bigger problems by accurately diagnosing and treating your issues, in the case that problems are serious. A+ Urgent care can also give you advice on what you may or may not need to do to get you back to being active, faster.

If you think you may need more than rest with a strain or sprain, please contact one of our convenient locations near you to find relief.  A+ Urgent Care’s locations are open seven days a week with convenient daytime and evening hours.